TNT Readies TV Arrival Of ‘Snowpiercer’

By November 22, 2016
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The television adaptation Josh Friedman has been pushing for more than a year of the Korean film Snowpiercer may have finally found a home.

TNT has ordered a pilot for a potential series which could give Friedman his first television series since the short-lived Crossbones on NBC.

The 2013 film from director Bong Joon Ho was actually the director’s first English-language film. It starred Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell. It was based on the 1982 French graphic novel later known as The Escape.

An English translation of the work was published in 2014 by Titan Comics.

The story is set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a few people who boarded a globally traveling train known as the Snowpiercer, according to its listing on IMDb. Over the years, a class system emerges, which leads to the overall story featured in both the graphic novels and the later film.

Friedman acquired the rights to the project last year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and will include Bong as well as Dooho Choi, both from the film, as executive producers. They will join Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements from Tomorrow Studios.

Also taking part in the film is Chan-wook Park, the famed writer and director behind such Korean classics as Oldboy and Lady Vengeance.

terminator-inset112216Friedman, who jumped into the Hollywood scene by writing the Tom Cruise-starring film War of the Worlds in 2005, later developed Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for Fox.

He’s also one of the writers for two of the Avatar sequels James Cameron may someday release.

Snowpiercer had a very limited run at the box office, earning $88.1 million – nearly all of it international ticket sales. It earned just $4.6 million at the box office in North America through a limited release, boasting an opening that earned more than $21,000 per screen.

When the film expanded to 250 screens, its average dropped to just over $4,000 per location, but it still earned $1 million, enough to finish 16th at the domestic box office over the Fourth of July weekend in 2014.

No other details on casting were available, but it’s expected TNT could make a decision on whether to move forward with a series in the spring.

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